Suring Holds One Game Advantage
Heading Into Conference Tourney
Peshtigo Takes 6th
at Oconto Falls Invite
The Peshtigo Bulldog girls placed sixth out of eight teams Saturday at the Oconto Falls Invite, dropping their first match to Oconto Falls 25-12 and 25-13 while defeating NEW Lutheran in their second match 25-23 and 26-24. The third match was taken by Kewaunee 25-17, 24-26 and 15-11. The Bulldogs then turned around to defeat Gillett 25-16 and 25-14. In the night cap match, Peshtigo was taken down by NEW Lutheran 25-18, 16-25 and 16-14.
Claire Neumann had 41 kills and 13 digs while Ashley Dudka posted 5 aces, 10 kills, 59 assists and nine digs. Shae Tonn had 20 kills and 42 digs while Emma Frederickson posted 24 kills and six digs. Madi Martin bagged 2 aces, 21 kills, and seven digs while Megan Behnke got six aces and 52 digs.
STAA Takes Fourth
at Lena Tournament
The Saint Thomas Aquinas Cavalier volleyball team secured a fourth place finish at the Lena Volleyball tournament, falling in the first match 25-12, 25-17 before winning the third set 15-7.
STAA then fell to Stockbridge 25-20 and 25-15. Followed by a loss to Lena 25-21, 25-23 and 15-11. The Cavalier's came back in the final match to beat Phelps 25-16 and 25-11.
Millie Benson posted 19 kills, 16 assists, 11 aces, two blocks and 10 digs while Kianna Bulin got 13 kills, one ace and nine digs. Jaqueline Sporie had 14 assists, one ace and three digs. Halle Beranek bagged three kills, 11 assists, two aces, two blocks and three digs while Michelle Kallestad got eight kills, two aces, two blocks and three digs.
"Millie led our team with a strong net play that challenged opposing defenses," said STAA head Coach Katie Soletske. "Halle Beranek brought positivity and energy to the court while Bulin had hard hits from the outside."
Though they only took fourth, STAA was able to achieve one of the six All Tournament Team nominations with junior Millie Benson. Gabby Beranek and Michelle Kallestad received honorable mentions.
Rangers Beat Tigers
in Three Sets
The Wausaukee Ranger volleyball team was able to sprint their way to a win over the visiting Gillett Tigers Thursday night, winning in three 27-25, 25-22 and 25-13.
For the Rangers, Courtney Messar posted 12 kills, five blocks, 15 digs, one assist, and three aces. Alexis Ranallo had nine kills, one block, eight digs, one assist and three aces while Bella Manske got six kills and four blocks.
Gillett's Megan Wolfe got three kills, eight assists, one ace, one block and eight digs while Erin Balthazor posted three kills and nine digs. Faith Sorlie got two kills, two assists, one ace, one block and five digs. Victoria Loberger got one kill, four aces, one block and one dig.
The Suring Eagles will be going into the M&O Conference tournament Saturday holding onto their League leading record of 9-0, with Peshtigo in the hunt at at 8-1. The undefeated record was furthered Tuesday evening with a three set win over the hosting Crivitz Wolverines.
Suring was quick to build a lead in the first set and carried the momentum into a 25-12 win. Cirvitz fought back in the second but fell to the Eagles 25-22. The third set was taken by the Eagles 25-14.
Always tough at the net, Suring's Katie Stegeman dominated with 15 spike kills, four block kills and four digs. Wylee VanBellinger got 10 kills, 13 digs and one ace. Greeta Sleeter posted one spike kills, 18 assists and 11 digs.
Chloe Gruszynski led the Wolverines with seven spike kills, six digs, one assist, eight blocks and one ace. Abby Barley chipped in five spike kills, one dig and one block while Laken Ducaine got 16 assists and three digs.
The JV games was taken by the Wolverines 25-14, 25-14 and 25-14.
Wausaukee defended their home court in sweeping fashion against the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Tuesday by scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-17.
Alexis Ranallo paced the Rangers with seven kills, five aces and two blocks. Courtney Messar added six kills, five aces and eight digs while Natasha Distad had three aces and four digs. Callie Orlando recorded eight assists and two aces and Jahna Zeutzuis chipped in with seven assists, an ace and a dig.
Millie Benson powered six aces for the Cavaliers and had four assists, three kills and six digs. Jacqueline Sporie recorded eight digs and five assists. Kianna Bulin added four digs and two kills.
In a Northern Lakes matchup, the Florence Bobcats hosted the Goodman-Pembine Patriots as the two battled a tightly fought match. The Bobcats edged the Patriots in the first two sets before sealing the victory in game number three, 25-22, 27-25 and 25-13.
Goodman-Pembine's Valerie Barribeau had five kills and four aces to lead the team. Hailey Hilkert also had five kills and one ace. Ashley Neumann recorded three kills for the Patriots.
"We started out strong despite too many unforced errors. We had chances to win the first two sets but just couldn't put the ball away enough when we needed to." Patriot Head Coach John Swick added, "I was pleased with our effort and this team has proven all season long there is no quit in them. I hope a solid performance against a quality team like Florence will give us confidence and momentum moving into Regionals next week."
Lena in Pink Out
As the Peshtigo Bulldogs played host to the Lena Wildcats Tuesday evening, the players sported the color pink to show breast cancer awareness. Peshtigo handily won the match by scores of 25-8, 25-20 and 25-10 in straight sets.
Bulldog junior Madi Martin led the team in kills with seven while also recording a block and a dig. Shae Tonn was second on the team in kills with six and also posted seven digs and two blocks. Megan Behnke led the Bulldog defense with 12 digs and served up four aces. Ashley Dudka posted 16 assists, three aces and two digs.
Ally Demmith paced Lena's net attack with four kills and Brooke Peterson had three. Kendra Slempkes set up eight assists while Savannah Leppala led the team with two blocks. Peterson's six digs were tops on the team with Slempkes, Brianna Sylvester and Kaylee Huberty each having three.
Thunderhawks in Sweep
The Peshtigo Bulldogs traveled to take on the Oneida Thunderhawks Thursday evening. The contest took just three sets and Peshtigo won 25-17, 25-14 and 25-15.
Claire Neumann led the Bulldogs in kills with seven while Grace Johnson added four. Megan Behnke continued her solid defensive year with a team-high 20 digs. Shae Tonn served up six aces to lead the team. Emma Frederickson recorded four blocks while team leader Ashley Dudka posted 12 assists on the evening.
Oneida's Jashon Killspotted posted six kills, six digs, two assists, a block and an ace. Tiara Barber also recorded six kills, five digs and two aces. Laiyah Lee added five digs, three kills and an assist.
Patriots Take Close
Match with Cardinals
The Goodman-Pembine Patriots played host to the Crandon Cardinals Thursday night. The two Northern Lakes Conference schools battled it out, but Goodman-Pembine came away with the hard fought victory, 25-17, 25-23, and 25-23.
"I was really pleased with our emotion and energy tonight," Patriot Head Coach John Swick added, "Crandon did a great job of keeping us off balance with a strong serving performance in what was a back and forth match all night. We showed a lot of character in coming from behind to win the second set and then holding on in the third."
Valerie Barribeau paced the Patriot net attack with 9 kills. Rachel Braaten recorded a solid all-around game with four kills, three aces, and four blocks. Hailey Hilkert also added five kills while Madie McLain chipped in with four aces.
Lena took the short trip to Marinette where they took on the Cavaliers of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Thursday night. The Wildcats took advantage of strong serving and key errors on their way to a win in straight sets, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-17.
"They did really well tonight. We worked on net play at practice a lot yesterday so it was great to see them come out focused and ready to play," said Lena Head Coach Heidi Place.
With set number one tied at 4-4, Brooke Peterson went off for three straight points to give Lena the 7-4 advantage. Peterson recorded a tip kill then served up two aces to secure the lead. Then it was the tough serving of Kendra Slempkes that improved the lead to 13-7 in favor of the Wildcats. Millie Benson would not let the Cavs go down without a fight. Benson served five straight times that included four aces as STAA tied the game at 13-13. With the score at 15 all, Lena took over the match. Peterson recorded a kill to give the Wildcats the serve and Ally Demmith did the rest. Several strong serves made the return difficult as Lena jumped to a 20-15 lead. Slempkes' tip kill followed by a Brianna Sylester slam ended the game 25-17 for the Wildcats.
Set two was more of the same as the teams when back-and-forth. As the score was knotted at 5-5, Lena scored 12 of the next 15 points to break the game open. Lena recorded four aces in the run including one from Peterson and Slempkes and two from Savannah Leppala to go ahead 17-8. Benson struck back with another ace for the Cavaliers, but Demmith's tough play at the net quickly ended that. Demmith recorded a block and kill separated by a block from teammate Kaylee Huberty that extended the lead to 20-10. Lena went on to win the match in convincing fashion, 25-12.
"Combing the JV and varsity girls together this week really gave us a lot more options. We took a look at our strengths and have seen that we have a lot of girls swinging hard for us." Cavalier Head Coach Katie Soletske added, "We switched from a 4-2 to a 6-2 this week to help us improve defensively. The tough part is that a lot of it is stretching the comfort zone for them."
In the final set, Benson continued to shine behind the service line. Three straight aces to open the third set gave STAA a 3-0 lead. Lena, however, would slowly respond. Demmith blocked another Cavalier spike at the net to give the Wildcats an 11-10 lead. With the game tied at 17-17, Slempkes' serving run sealed the deal for Lena. Slemkpes served eight times including three aces and three kills, two from Sylvester and one from Huberty, to end the game 25-17.
"They've worked hard, every week we have something to work on. As we get to the end they are working together more as a team in communicating and everything is kind of coming together," Place said of her team's improvement throughout the season.
Sylvester led the way in kills for the Wildcats with seven while Huberty finished with four. Slempkes finished with 15 assists, five aces, two digs and two kills to cap off a solid all-around performance. Demmith's three blocks led the team while also adding three kills.
For the Cavaliers, it was a heavy dose of Millie Benson as she had eight aces, 11 assists, five digs and a kill. Gabby Beranek's 18 digs were tops on the team while Kianna Bulin paced the offense with four kills.
"Lena has been good all year. They have really strong leadership and a lot of consistency," Soletske said of the Wildcats.
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